Creative kids on show for wear­able art awards

Whitsunday Times - - 2013 REEF FESTIVAL -

PAR­TIC­I­PANTS rang­ing from grades 311 took part in the an­nual Ro­tary wear­able art com­pe­ti­tion at the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

The event was again a great suc­cess, at­tract­ing eigh­teen stun­ning en­tries as the fes­ti­val’s main stage was trans­formed by a stun­ning pa­rade of wear­able art.

Wear­able art es­sen­tially in­volves the cre­ation of in­ter­est­ing and eye-catch­ing gar­ments from un­likely ma­te­ri­als and the en­trants em­braced this con­cept en­thu­si­as­ti­cally to the de­light of the many peo­ple in the au­di­ence.

A num­ber of colour­ful and in­no­va­tive stu­dent cre­ations were on dis­play with en­trants made up of Whit­sun­day and Mackay school stu­dents. Event founder An­nie Lloyd-Lewis and Mackay de­sign­ers Jen­nyJo Carl­son and Robyn Jack­son served as the three judges and they were unan­i­mous in their praise for the orig­i­nal­ity of the stu­dents’ en­tries. The Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach spon­sored the event as part of their youth ini­tia­tives pro­gram and cash prizes were awarded to en­trants in all age cat­e­gories.

The spe­cial award for out­stand­ing cre­ativ­ity went to Is­abella De­mar­tini of Proser­pine High and Tay­lor Just from Mackay North High School won both the in­no­va­tive work­man­ship and the heart of the reef awards.

The full list of prize win­ners is on the Reef Fes­ti­val web­site at www.whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­val.com.au.

COLOUR­FUL: Lani Mur­phy Year 6 Cannonvale State School chose eye­catch­ing colours for her wear­able art.

IN­SPIR­ING DE­SIGN: Alazay Lane of St Cather­ine’s Col­lege used card­board and pa­per to cre­ate her wear­able art. Photo Re­flec­tions from Life, Mackay

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